South Korean Footballer Home After 10-Month Detention in China.

South Korean football player Son Jun-ho returns home after 10 months in Chinese detention

South Korean football player Son Jun-ho has returned home after a 10-month detention in China on bribery charges. Son, who plays for Shandong Taishan in the Chinese Super League, arrived in South Korea following cooperation between South Korean and Chinese authorities. The Korea Football Association confirmed his release, with the foreign ministry emphasizing efforts for a fair process.

Reports suggest Son’s case may be connected to a match-fixing investigation involving his coach and teammates. Son’s national team colleague Lee Jae-sung expressed gratitude for the news, highlighting their close friendship and shared history. Lee, currently in Bangkok for a World Cup qualifier against Thailand, expressed hope for Son’s return to the pitch soon.

Son, a 31-year-old midfielder with 20 caps, featured for South Korea at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Prior to joining Shandong, Son earned the K League 1 MVP award with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in 2020. The football community eagerly anticipates his comeback to the sport he loves.

A touching image of Son from a 2022 press conference in Doha accompanies the news of his return, capturing his presence and determination. The football world awaits Son’s next chapter on the field as he overcomes challenges and resumes his passion for the game.

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